The impatient patient

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Intubation, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Portland Marathon, Steroids ( prednisone), Ventilator

Oh goody, another post about asthma exacerbation recovery. After being discharged from the hospital only 3 days ago, it’s probably a little early to be writing about this topic again, but something is definitely different this time around. The recovery seems excruciatingly slow( gee, where have I heard that before?). In my mind I should […]

Asthma guilt trip

Posted 30 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Childhood Memories, People, Places and Events

How many times have you had a really bad asthma flare, but had serious trepidations about going to the emergency room for treatment? How many times have you felt guilty that maybe you weren’t sick enough to be admitted to the hospital? Well, that’s pretty much been the case for me for as long as […]

Hospital stay #97

Posted 27 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Bipap, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Respiratory Therapy, Sally Wenzel, Shortness of Breath, Ventilator, Wheeze

Battle scars: 4 failed arterial line attempts and 12 failed IV attempts. I have no veins left and my radial arteries are so scarred up from previous insertions, that it’s virtually impossible to get access unless they put a central line in. Very frustrating for the doctors and very painful for me. I’d been having […]

Darn…..and I thought I was unique!

Posted 11 CommentsPosted in Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, People, Places and Events, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone)

Thought my fellow asthmatics might get a kick out of this. A few days ago I chatting with friend and famous asthma researcher ,backsliding. Related Posts:Im going to Pennsylvania to be studied.A SARP’in we will go……. Bound for BeantownHospital stay #97The SARP experienceOff to the Burgh for the SARP

The first few days are the worst

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Exacerbation Recovery, Respiratory Therapy, Shortness of Breath

First of all , thank you everyone! for all the nice comments. They mean a lot to me. My apologizes for the self pity thing in the previous post. I guess even us butch super hero types carry a bit of the drama queen gene. I don’t care how many times I go through this, […]

A taper of a differnet kind

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Exacerbation Recovery, Nebulizer treatments, Steroids ( prednisone)

Funny how many parallels you can draw between the endurance sports and severe asthma exacerbations. Though I never actually walked one until I was 52 years old, in many respects I’ve been training for marathons my whole life. These are some of the thoughts that were running through my head while I was suffocating in […]